Atacama Desert Tour

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Atacama Desert Crossing: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta, Argentina

The Atacama Desert and altiplano (high plain) of Northern Chile and Northwest Argentina provide some of the most geographically interesting landscapes and culturally rich regions in South America. A pre-Colombian history dates back thousands of years, and still lives on today in traditional artisan craft, festivals and renowned archaeological museums. Expansive salt flats, unique fauna, moon-like landscape, majestic sunsets and second-to-none stargazing bring new meaning to the phrase “natural wonders.”

 

Please note: Price valid through September 30, 2017.

Day 01

Take the day to get settled and explore the picturesque community of San Pedro de Atacama, which stands as an oasis in the midst of the world’s driest desert.

Day 02

Start the day with a short ride into Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Watch flamingoes at Laguna Chaxa and visit the historically agricultural village of Toconao.

Day 03

Continue to meander through San Pedro to experience its rich cultural history. In the afternoon, embark on an excursion to Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), aptly named for its seemingly lunar landscape.

Day 04

Meet the sunrise at 4,300 m above sea level as dozens of geysers burst forth from the ground in spectacular form. Stop to enjoy the Termas de Puritama, a group of eight therapeutic thermal pools hidden in a lush canyon.

Day 05

Arrive to Purmamarca, which means “desert city” or the “town of the virgin land.” Enjoy a free evening to settle into your hotel and stretch your legs after a long overland journey.

Day 06

Walk the streets of the culturally rich town of Tilcara, see remnants of early settlers and learn about their culture. Then visit La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat), a red-rock gorge with several waterfalls.

Day 07

Following a leisurely breakfast, head to the charming town of Salta. Explore this provincial capital renowned for its colonial architecture, striking landscapes and rich cultural history.

Day 08

Explore all that Buenos Aires has to offer at your own pace. Head out for some hiking or biking in the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, enjoy world-class shopping in the downtown and finally pair a tango show with dinner.

Day 09

Head out on an exclusive guided city tour of Buenos Aires to discover the city’s history and contrasts. The evening is for you to stroll along the harbor or through the trendy Palermo Viejo neighborhood.

Day 10

Transfer to the Ezeiza airport for your flight.

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10 days
Price Per Person $5,238 (based on 2)

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Toconao, Chile

Valle de la Luna

Termas de Puritama

Purmamarca, Argentina

Tilcara, Argentina

Salta, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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